Recordings - 2010 Encounters

She's Lost Control: Science on the Stage

This Encounter begins with a general discussion of theatre on the current stage in Britain and the USA, by theatre researcher Prof Michael Vanden Heuvel. It is followed by a groundbreaking live art production which more specifically explores the conceptual and physical interfaces between dance, epilepsy and neurological research. Award-winning dancer Rita Marcalo developed this live art production from a four-month Arts Council funded residency at the pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline. She has a long-standing interest in bringing together dance performance and science, and her productions have been performed to acclaim at artistic festivals in London, York, and elsewhere.

Michael Vanden Heuvel interview (41.6 MB)

Rita Marcalo interview (43.3 MB)

Full performance (1.02 GB)

The Psychology of Music

In conversation with Paul Robertson, Leader and violinist of the internationally acclaimed Medici String Quartet, leading psychologists Professor Lawrence Parsons and Dr Pam Heaton. They discuss their research into the brain science behind musical performance.

Lawrence Parsons talks with Pam Heaton (26 MB)

Pam Heaton talks with Paul Robertson (19 MB)

Lawrence Parsons interview (10 MB)

Pam Heaton (462 MB)

Paul Robertson (971 MB)

Lawrence Parsons (647 MB)

Question & Answer session (807 MB)

'Every tool shapes your mind' : the implications of technology

Distinguished speakers come together from different disciplines to discuss the meaning and significance of tools in human culture, society and evolution. Anyone who has been enjoying Radio 4's series, 'A History of the World in 100 Objects' will already know that the story of human history can be narrated through the evolution of our tools. What were the most important tools of our past, and what will be the tools that shape our humanity in the 21st century?

John Barrett's wide-ranging research interests are in archaeological theory, funerary archaeology, landscape archaeology and the development of archaeological fieldwork procedures. Formerly a Professor at Sheffield, Jeremy Till is now Dean of Architecture and Built Environment at the University of Westminster. He represented Britain at the 2006 Venice International Biennale, and is author of Architecture Depends (2009), a polemical reflection on how to bridge the gap between what architecture actually is and what architects want it to be. Dr Mark Paterson, Lecturer in Human Geography at Exeter, and formerly Philosopher at UWE, has published on the subjects of robot skin and Haptic modelling of prehistoric textiles. He has written a book called The Senses of Touch: Haptics, Affects and Technologies, and is currently writing Seeing with Hands: a Philosophical History of Blindness.

Mark Paterson interview (10 MB)

John Barrett interview (7 MB)

Jeremy Till interview (13 MB)

Mark Paterson full interview (503 MB)

John Barrett full interview (390 MB)

Jeremy Till full interview (426 MB)

Question & Answer session (807 MB)

What Makes for a Better Society?

A panel discussion on the subject of 'What Makes for a Better Society?' Leading researchers from the University of Sheffield discuss visionary ideas as well as controversial issues, including the future of social democracy, politics and education in Britain, the hopes and fears for the future of society prompted by advances in nanotechnology and synthetic biology, and the challenge of building better communication channels and communities.

Andrew Vincent (12 MB)

Benjamin Ziemann (9 MB)

Richard Jones (4 MB)

Jackie Harrison (12 MB)

Andrew Vincent full interview (462 MB)

Benjamin Ziemann full interview (420 MB)

Richard Jones full interview (431 MB)

Jackie Harrison full interview (475 MB)

Question & Answer session (852 MB)

Marcus du Sautoy: The Art of Mathematics

If the arts have their sciences, the sciences have their arts. Oxford University Professor Marcus du Sautoy discusses his interdisciplinary project 'The 19th Step' and explains why and how mathematics may be considered a form of art. Marcus is Simonyi Professor for the Public Understanding of Science, and arguably the country's finest and most persuasive spokesman for research into science.

Marcus du Sautoy interview (8 MB)

Marcus du Sautoy presentation (1.23 GB)